Tuesday, November 22, 2016


ARKANSAS WOMAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON ON MURDER CHARGE A Northeast Arkansas woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on a murder charge.

According to authorities, 55 year old Kathy Jane Hart, of Maynard, has pled guilty to 2nd degree murder in connection to the death of her ex husband, John Hart.

John Hart’s body was discovered in November of 2015 near Harper Cemetery Road.

  TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN STODDARD COUNTY WRECK Two people were flown to separate hospitals following a single vehicle wreck Sunday in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell us the wreck occurred shortly after 12:30 pm Sunday on US 60. A vehicle, driven by 21 year old Morgan Shaw, of Sikeston, ran off the side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting two of the vehicle’s occupants.

23 year old Derek Masters, of Sikeston, and 23 year old Jerricah Whitmore, of Chaffee, were seriously injured during the wreck. Shaw suffered moderate injuries.



MAN ARRESTED IN KENNETT ON ASSAULT AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGES A Kennett man was taken into custody over the weekend on multiple charges, including assault.

According to the Kennett Police Department, officers were dispatched to an area on Williams Street Saturday night to check on a disturbance that was taking place.

At the scene, officers arrested Jerry Risner Jr., of Kennett, on the charges of assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and possession of a controlled substance.

Following the arrest, Risner was transported to the Dunklin County Jail and held pending formal charges from the State Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

  SOUTHEAST MISSOURI MAN WINS $100,000 ON ELECTION DAY A Southeast Missouri man made a stop while on his way to vote earlier this month and it paid off handsomely for him.

On Election Day, 55 year old Carl Hampton, of Ellington, bought a Black Pearls Scratchers Ticket that ended up being a $100,000 winning ticket.

According to the Missouri Lottery, Hampton says he plans on using the winnings to fix up his place. He also made plans to finish what he had started to do that day and go vote.

  ELEVATED FIRE DANGER FOR TODAY BEFORE SHOWERS HIT TONIGHT While we do have some rain in the forecast for tonight and early tomorrow, weather officials are warning that we do have an elevated fire danger for today.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service, the combination of very dry air and dry vegetation will lead to an elevated fire danger through early afternoon today.

The outlook says there is also a small chance of thunderstorms in Southeast Missouri for late this afternoon and early this evening.



OVER $4,000 IN MINI GRANTS AWARDED BY THE POPLAR BLUFF PUBLIC SCHOOL FOUNDATION Over $4,000 in mini-grants has been awarded by the Poplar Bluff Public School Foundation to benefit multiple projects proposed by area teachers.

The Foundation Board of Directors previously announced that they would specifically fund three $1,500 mini-grants during their bi-annual meeting on November 14th. Since a few of the projects of the eight submitted came in under the limit, the Foundation opted to fund an extra one.

Projects approved include GoPro cameras and a drone for Junior High science students to analyze experimentation; backend funding toward a mobile 3-D projector for Middle School STEM students; an incubator for an embryology program at the Kindergarten Center; and formalin feline cadavers so High School anatomy and physiology students can perform comparative dissections.

  POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS SPEAK WITH NATIONAL POLITICAL JOURNALIST Some students at Poplar Bluff High School got the chance to speak with a national political journalist last week.

Real Clear Politics reporter and CNN political commentator Rebecca Berg talked via Skype with Mitch Davis' AP U.S. government and politics class last Thursday at the High School.

During the chat, Berg reflected on the presidential race, fielded questions from seniors about the Electoral College, third party candidates, political outsiders, and cabinet appointments and speculated on the next four years under President Elect Donald Trump.